Match Preview : Crystal Palace vs Hull City

Two of the promoted sides will lock horns at Selhurst Park on Tuesday night. Both sides are currently battling relegation and a win for either side could be crucial in their intent to stay in the top flight.

 

Palace and Hull were both playing in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday but there was mixed fortunes. Palace travelled to current holders Wigan Athletic, losing 2-1. The Tigers though came up trumps, beating former manager Phil Brown’s Southend United 2-0.

 

Since the departure of Ian Holloway and the arrival of former Stoke City manager Tony Pullis. Palace have looked a completely rejuvenated under the leadership of Pullis. They have started to consume enough points to give them a chance of upholding their status in the Premier League.

 

The Tigers on the other hand also look like they have given themselves a chance of survival after picking up a respectable 23 points so far. With the squad they have assembled since the start of the season, I don’t think a recent dip in form will derail their chances of survival.

 

The Eagles, will compete without the injured trio of Jonathan Parr – neck; Kagisho Dikgaco – calf and Glen Murray who sustained his Anterior Cruciate Ligament way back and the start of the campaign.

 

Hull will remain without James Chester who is likely to be replaced by Paul McShane. Nigerian Sone Aluko still remains sidelined, as well as Joe Dudgeon. Long term absentee Robbie Brady returned to competitive action on Saturday and will be pushing for a start.

 

Hull will be hoping to pair new signings Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic to spearhead their attack after they both sat out of Saturday’s clash at Roots Hall due to been cup tied.

 

Prediction : 1-1

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